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How would you advise a person who would like to explore the world, yet has no money at all?

Apart from trying to obtain some cash, what would you tell these sort of people who would like to learn new cultures and meet people of various backgrounds yet has no financial means to do so? Would love some creative answers. =)

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    Feb 1 2013: In the old days I guess you became a trader or a sailor. Now perhaps an interpretor or translator, how about becoming a local tour guide for the tourists then moving on to becoming a holiday rep. Working in bars and hospitality is a bit limiting because you only get to meet people trying to have a good time. People who develop a very deep knowledge of their local culture's spiritual traditions seem to do very well. Generally (again) living on the coast near a trading port might be an option. You can explore the world virtually, not sure if it is correct to name the way to do it but a certain well known search engine, has a very well known ?application called Earth. It's not the same as feeling the sun on your face or the wind in your hair though. You are so right in saying a lack of financial resources limits mobility, getting a passport can cost a fortune in some countries and you just try travelling anywhere without one. One way of learning about cultures and people is to read about them at the local library, thousands of 'voices' just in book form. Diffferent times in history, different circumstances etc. Actually I have found one of the best ways to meet some really interesting people is to talk to people (safely please) on the local public transport network. Volunteering to record 'lived memories' with the oldest generation is also a brilliant way to meet different cultures and backgrounds though it is second hand and has to be filtered through the other person's lived experience. :D.
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      Feb 2 2013: Exactly what I'm currently going through.Getting a passport is one thing, a flight ticket another.What boggles my mind is that I often see teens and young adults from Western countries having the means to travel while it remains as something impossible for people like me who live in the far east.

      How do these teens who hail from western countries manage to acquire the means to travel?
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        Feb 2 2013: In Europe it is in the interests of the dominant political and cultural structures to have a highly mobile labour force. Whilst Europe still consists of several distinct sovereign states, it is also now a highly 'emeshed' continent in that all the nations are subject to the rulings of the European Union. It is a constant debate in the media of our country about how E.U. 'rules and regulations' seem to take precedence over our own, to the detriment of what is actually a very geographically small area. I understand in the 'good old days' of the British Empire, the U.K. land mass was actually drawn in a way that still makes it look larger than it is on maps. So yes, step 1 get your travel documents and keep them updated once got. In many countries you will be forced to queue for days to get the appropriate forms to apply for 'permission to enter' another country now. Even then once a 'request' is submitted, it can be declined so despite the cost, if you can at all, get your documents asap. In the meantime the ease of mobility for a younger generation is a 'mixed blessing' because it does mean huge geographical dislocation between families is possible, which really starts to impact when you have children of your own, become ill or age in general. Teens and young adults are really only following an idea from their grandparents times (ie that cohort who grew up in the 1940s and 1950s that 'anything is possible'. So grateful to have the opportunity to speak to you through TED and hear about you. Essentially I understand it is so much about an individual's motivation to travel AND the available infrastructure. Someone who has to move to feed themselves and their children is always going to be more determined and yonng people have the assets of hopes and dreams and physical health that older people don't. The sheer cost of aircraft fuel will possibly curtail long distance travel. Still encourage you to keep 'going for it', just be aware of the cost to yourself.

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